It is unclear why the committee wants Trump's son to return to testify. He met with the Senate Judiciary Committee in September of 2017 for more than five hours and with the House Intelligence Committee for more than eight hours in December of 2017. "The Mueller Report cleared @DonaldJTrumpJr and he's already spent 27 hours testifying before Congress", tweeted Burr's fellow North Carolina Republican, Sen.
Citing a person close to Donald Jr., the Wall Street Journal said he had offered to answer questions in writing from the committee, and planned to fight the subpoena which demands that he testify in person.
Led by Republican chairman Richard Burr, the intelligence panel is the only committee in the Republican-controlled Senate that has been conducting a bipartisan investigation into allegations of Russian interference in US politics. The Mueller report said he could not establish a criminal conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation, but he did not reach a conclusion on whether Trump obstructed justice.
I think the good news is Chairman Burr has already indicated that the committee will find no collusion, because that will be consistent with the Mueller investigation.
The panel has also investigated a meeting between Trump Jr., other campaign staff and a Russian lawyer.
House Oversight Chairman Elijah Cummings issued the subpoena to Mazars, which compiled Trump's financial disclosure forms, over questions about whether Trump manipulated his net worth.
Lara Trump, 2020 Trump campaign senior adviser and the president's daughter-in-law, said Thursday that trying to coerce Donald Trump Jr., to testify again before the Senate or putting him in jail "is not going to make Hillary Clinton the president of the United States". "There are a number of areas that need to be scrutinized by the Intelligence Committee".
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) speaks during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington on June 6, 2018.
McConnell said in his Tuesday speech that it was "case closed" on the Mueller probe, but his office noted that he didn't go so far as to say the intelligence panel's work was done.
It's the first known subpoena for a member of Trump's immediate family. But Burr, who is retiring rather than face re-election in 2020, obviously chose to play ball with staff investigators and Democrats eager to delve further into any potential contradictions in Trump Jr.'s reams of previous testimony. "He said he was only peripherally aware of the negotiations in Moscow for Trump Tower there when apparently he was briefed extensively".